November 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20) reacts after he is fouled by San Antonio Spurs during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: Jodie Meeks leads Lakers over Rockets

It was a light schedule in the NBA last night and just one game involving former Wildcats. It was a good one though as the Lakers edged the Rockets 99-98. Jodie Meeks logged 26 minutes for LA and scored 18 points on 6-9 shooting. Meeks drained 5-7 three-point attempts and had 3 rebounds and 2 assists. On the other bench, Terrence Jones was a victim of the dreaded “DNP – Coaches decision”.

Meeks is actually thriving this year in LA and has a career best 12.5 points per game average and is hitting a cool 50% of his three-point attempts. He also averages 3.2 boards a game. You can say that Meeks is benefitting from the fact that Kobe Bryant has been out, but in six games, Meeks is averaging just two minutes a game more than last year, in which he averaged 7.9 points and shot 35.7% of his three-point attempts.

The way that Meeks is playing, he will not lose a lot of time when Kobe returns and he could start to make a push on the minutes that Steve Blake has been playing at the SG position. With Blake now 33, LA could be a good spot for Meeks.

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